New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday slammed Rahul Gandhi after he accused the government of “stealing money from the RBI”.
Sitharaman said the Congress was an “expert on stealing”. She said,” The Congress is stuck with the chor (thief) tag, they are experts in using this word. I would have wanted Congress to not sully RBI’s reputation.”
“When Rahul Gandhi says chor (thief) and chori (theft)… he had really tried with chor and the public gave him a good answer. The Congress should have spoken to the Reserve Bank of India before commenting,” she said.
Under the hashtag #RBIlooted, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “PM & FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster. Stealing from RBI won’t work – it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary & sticking it on a gunshot wound”.
PM & FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster.
Stealing from RBI won’t work – it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary & sticking it on a gunshot wound. #RBILooted https://t.co/P7vEzWvTY3
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 27, 2019
Finance Minister also accused the Congress of maligning the reputation of the Reserved Bank of India. “This was a committee appointed by RBI, outlandish is the word that I will use for the way comments are being made on RBI’s reputation. It is worrying that a committee appointed by RBI experts is now being questioned,” Nirmala Sitharaman exclaimed.
The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) on Monday approved the ransfer of Rs 1.76 lah crore dividend and surplus reserves to the government, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led regime’s prospect to stimulate the slowing economy without widening the fiscal deficit.